Kenneth Branagh Belfast film misses British Independent Film Awards despite top nominations

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KENNETH Branagh’s Belfast film missed the British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) despite leading the nominations this year.

The autobiographical film, which is based on Branagh’s childhood in Northern Ireland, received 11 nods, including the nomination of young actor Jude Hill in the breakthrough performance category.

But despite being tipped for the BAFTA and Oscar nominations, he did not win any awards at the Bifa ceremony in London on Sunday night.

After Love triumphed at the event, beating Belfast and Boiling Point to take home six awards, including some of the most coveted awards, such as Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director for Aleem Khan.

Khan, whose portrayal of a relationship based on marital lies, said: “Does this actually happen, it’s so crazy there are honestly no words.

“This movie is basically about strangers seeing each other, I think right now, in the world we live in, we can get a lot out of that.”

Joanna Scanlan won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of a Muslim convert in After Love, revealing the secret life led by her late husband.

Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham as a chef under pressure, received a Best Supporting Actress award, presented to Vinette Robinson.

Riz Ahmed received the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution for His Role in Encounter, Shifty, Four Lions and Mogul Mowgli at the 24th Annual Awards Ceremony.

Adeel Akhtar emerged victorious for Best Actor at the ceremony, defeating James Norton, Stephen Graham, Riz Ahmed and Jude Law.

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